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Ellis v. Harrison, 16-56188

Affirming the district court's denial of a California inmate's habeas corpus petition alleging the denial of his Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel because his trial attorney held deeply racist beliefs about African Americans in general and him in particular because he conceded he was unaware of his attorney's racism until years after the conviction was final and couldn't identify any acts or admissions by his attorney that fell below an objective standard of reasonableness.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/06/07



  • United States Ninth Circuit


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